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THE NORTHERN UNION GAME HOLIDAY MATCHES AT MERTHYR. Merthyr being without a League fixture on Sat- urday last, arranged a match with Pemberton, a smart Lancashire combination team. It was hoped that Lew Treharne, an old Merthyr boy, would be able to assist the visitors, but he was suffering from a damaged shoulder, and therefore could not play. The Merthyr team included two. new for- wards named Taylor and a youthful placer named Watkins. the latter operating on the three-quarter line. The brothers Taylor should prove useful men, while Wat-kins ought to develop into a good three- quarter. He hails from Georgetown, and has been discovered through the workshops' competition. # The game does not call for a lengthy description, it was so one-sided. In the early stages the visitors played very well, and kept the homesters at bay for a long time. Morthyr took the lead, tries being scored by Reed and Rhys Rees. Then Fairhnret scored a try for Pemberton, and before the interval Tom Thomas put Merthyr further ahead by scoring another try. In the second half Pemberton fell to pieces, and Mc-rthyr scored as they liked. It should be statud. however, that during the last Quarter of ar. Í1.)Ui the visitors were without one of their forward, who had to leave owing to an injur. Soon t'u'J' the resumption, George Taylor scored a. try and Tom Thomas added the g;oal points. Then Pemberton were penalised in front of the posts for off-side play, and Tom Thomas kicked another goal. The next score came afler ? combined dribble by tho Merthyr forwards. When they reached the line the Pemberton full-back gathered the ball. but lost it, and George Tayinr. snapping it up, scored his second try. This Harris was successful with the goal kick. &wn after this, Watkins ran in from a pass by Jame.s, and this was followed by a try by Griffiths, .J fl.mep being successful with the goal kick. Tom Thomas added another try, and then Harris ran in behind the posts. Rees this time adding the goal. Just on time Ponty Thomas dropped a goal, and Merthyr won by six goals, nine tries (37 points) to one try (3 points). The match on Monday, when Swinton were the visitors, was of a very different character. It was a very strenuous struggle, in which the defence tri- umphed over the attack. Three penalty goals repre- sented the scoring, and as two of these fell to Swin- ton they won by four points to two. Merthyr ought to have won; with them it was a case of lost oppor- tunities. If there had been one or two more brainy players in the team they might have scored several tries. Swinton also lost chances, but not as many as Merthyr, and they were certainly very lucky to run out victorious. «. The Merthyr men woked hard, hut the majority of them displayed littlo skill- -iie forwards did not vary their tactics, and they frson^ntly got their side penalised. The backs often displayed bad judgment, kicking when a jidi'*ioas pass mjght have ended in a score. And some of the player n-nd too much attention to the Swinton men inste?<! ol fol lowing the ball. The tackling of all the teas. good, but finish was lacking, and to this owed their defeat. EBBW VALE'S HOLIDAY MATCHES. After their brilliant display in the Northern Union Cup contests. Ebbw Vale have fallen upon evil days. A small defeat at Leigh on Good Fri- day, was followed by a good trouncing by Wake- field on Saturday, and a narrow defeat at the hands of Leeds on Monday. This is not pleasant reading, and has taken away some of the popularity of the Welsh champions.. There was a. attend- ance to welcome the Valians at home on Monday, and the conditions were ideal for good. fast f."nt.. ball. Unfortunately, the homesters had to take tbf field without the services of Llewellyn and Hiprins, two of their best, performers. The victory of i.-eecB was a narrow one, eleven points to eight, ana without taking anything away from the creditable display of the substitutes, there can be no.oonbt the Valians would have won had they been in a posi- tion to command the services of the two Pill men. The game was conducted at a good pace, but there was an absence of passing among the backs..Vae Valians seemed a bit stale, probably due to the hard and anxious work up North. The forwaros, ir- particular, seemed oif their game in the open, a.nd did not tackle as effectively as usual. The haii- backs were great, particularly Harvey. SrntUi the best of tho backs, Jenkins heinlt too watched to be as prominent as in former maWie^. Billingham, as understndy to Llewellyn, sniTerv-d ir. comparison. He was fairly sound, but not gc- ef- fective as the Pill flyer. Dai Davies was a trifte certain as custodian, and was not at his Young, on the other side, played a great gains, saving his forwards Foley and Maile scored for Ebbw Vale, and Barrow,, Topham and Gilley for Leeds. EBBW VALE AT WAKEFIELD. The match between RlJbw Vale and Wakefield: Trinity, which was played on the- ground of the Yorkshiremen, on Saturday, clearly proved that the Welshmen were suffering from too much tra- velling, and they were unable to provide sufficient energy to enable them to hold their own agiiirjit their opponents. The match was an important for Wakefield, as they hoped to obtain a plica amongst the first four clubs in tho League. It was therefore, natural that they should play for all they were worth, and their early a»'<rressiveness appeared to throw the Welshmen off their, guard. The visitors' defence was not as smart as one had anticipated, and they made the serious mistake of not goihg for the man with the ball. Kewbound, Trinity's clever half-back, often got away owing to his feintiMr to p-MB. There was not much to choose between the for- wards, but behind the Wakefield had a decided pull. The two shining lights on the Welsh side were Chick Jenkins (three-quarter) and Dai Davies, the custodian. The latter had a tremendous amount of work to do, but he did it well, and no blame can be attached to him for his side's crushing defeat. The Welshmen found their opponents right at the top of their form, and the play of the Trinitarians certainlv did not suggest the fag end of the sea- son Wakefield won by 28 points to nil. On Monday, Ebbw Vale received a visit from Leeds and the game was witnessed by 4,000 spec- tators: In the first half Foley scored a try for Ebbw Vale and Davies converted, and Barron and Gilly scored for Leeds. Young converted the former. In the second half Topham scored for Leeds, no goal resulting Even play followed, Leeds were the best side JVIaile scored for the 'Valians before the end, but no goal resulted. The game was a very poor one. play not being- up to the standard of the pro- fessional code Both sides were weak, but on the day's play Leeds were the better. The result is a fair criterion of the play Harvey played a mar- vellous game for Ebbw Vale, while Young was good at full-back for Leeds. BW VALE TROUNCE MERTHYR. A Welsh League match between Merthyr and Ebbw Vale took place at Ebbw Vale on Wednes- day afternoon. The. game was looked! spoil as of more thaji ordinaryimportance, as Ebbw Vale has laid claim to the welsh championship for the last two years—a claim that has been justified by their MncistAnt, play. There was an attendance of at l-oa* 4 000 Deople and the conditions were ideal. K teams were' without several of their beet players. Merthvr started, and the Valians immediately took up the attack. Cluck Jenkins nearly forced his wav over The same player made a clever mark, but the kick'went wide. Fine intor-change of kicks resulted in Dai Davids having the best of matters and finding touch m the Merthyr 25. One of the visitors was probably off-side m front of goal, and from the penalty Dai Davies kicked a goal. From the restart Ebbw Vale continued to have the best of the game, and BiHingbam, following up a kick by Harvey nearly got over. Smith made a beau- tiful corkscrew run for the line ,but lost possession just when about to ground. From the ensuing scrummagc the ball went out to Billingham, who scored wide out. The place kick falied, Magnifi- cent play bv Smith and Harvey all but beat the Merthyr defence. Ebbw Vale were playing a bril- liant game. Bingham ran well on the wing and sent out to his forwards, Monks scoring. Dai Davies failed to gain the extra pomts. At half-time Ebbw Vale led by a goal and two tries to nil. Five minutes after the interval Billingham raced behind the posts. Dai Davies converted. Smith made a great burst for the line, and was pulled back when in the act of scoring. Harvey got a pass from Shiglo Thomas in the Ebbw Vale 25, went off at top speed, and threaded his way through the whole of the Merthyr team, scoring one of the most sensational tries of the season. The place-kick again failed Merthyr had a turn of attack and D. B. Davies scored a fine try behind the posts, Sid James converting. The game now became a pro- cession for Ehbw Vale. Billingham and Smith scor- ing behind the posts, both tries being converted. Then Chick Jenkins scored after a great round of passing. Ebbw Vale were finally left victors by four goals and seven tries to one goal and one try. The game will rank with the best ever played by Ebbw Vale. On the day's form they were vastly superior to Merthyr, being m a different class. The play of the backs was superb. Smith was easily the best of the three-quarter line, although the whole line played with Sparkling combination. Jenkins was strong, fast, and resourceful, while Billingham was responsible for some magnificent sprints. The sensation of the match was Harvey, the little Pill man. He kept the spectators on tho tip-toe of excitement TV his electrifying runs. The forwards to a man played with spirit and dash that was irresistible. Merthyr could do but little against the great display of the Valians, their for- wards being too "beefy" to be effective, while the backs were at sixes and sevens. The last of the Welsh League games easily installs Ebbw Vale as Welsh champions, a position they richly deserve. «■ During the interval, a collection was made for the Ebbw Vale captain, to provide him with an outfit for the Colonial tour. Merthyr Amateur Rugby Notes. Merthyr Thursdays had no* games over the boll. I days. but will play their return game with Glyn Neath at the Rhydycar Ground next Thursday. I Kick-off after the conclusion of the Merthyr and I Warrington (N.U.) match, about 5.30 p.m. The first meeting of these teams at Glyn Neath resulted in a draw a.fter a good game, so another dose con- test should >fesult. THE ASSOCIATION GAME. 'A HEAVY HOLIDAY PROGRAMME. MERTHYR DROP TWO POINTS AT BARRY. JBy "Half-Back. The Merthyr Town Club opened their holiday,pro. pamine en G»od Friday at Barry, where a wes- tern League encounter attracted a record gate at the seaside enclosure. From the start ef the game it was plain that tl» Merthyr men were geing all the way, this Barry defenders experiencing a lively time, but they succeeded in keeping thelt in- tact. The iMRnesfars' attacked, hot Lewis easily deilt with a Jong shot fMm Bilson. W. Davies, who was in the Mflrtbyr half-back line, continually tpeet ¡ the well-meant movements of the Barry men, and play became rather rough, the referee having to caution several of the players. Visard was a source of trouble to the Merthyr defence, Lewis sawing a caution several of the players. Visard was a. source of trouble to the Merthyr defence, Lewis sawing a ripping shot from him in clever style, for wfiich be was loudly applauded. Savage made a graiw. effort to. tfcfi l tiJ_Ib.t "L.1lt, tfcfi l f' -0- fisted well away: So far, the game had been evenly 1 contested, the homesters being more at home oh the small and uneven pitch. At half-time there was no score. Restarting, Barry made a desperate effort to score, and though the Merthyr backs were cool and clever, it was some minutes before they eould rid themselves of the attack, Lewis several times haying to handle. The Merthyrians now got into their stride, play being transferred to the opposite end, where Pem- berton, who was playing outside left, came near scoring. The pace slackened down, and the Barry left wing initiated a pretty movement, which cul- minated in a scrummage close, to the Merthyr goal, where Jack Jones got possession, and drove the baU into the net through a bunch of players, giving Barry what turned out to be the only goal of the match. Vigorous play folto^ed/ and-frpn^a ttf Merthyr Churchill was within" an ace of equalising with a tremendous shot. A hard-fought g-ame end- ed in favour of Barry by a goal to nil. MERTHYR VISIT BATH. Af) EASILY ACCOUNT FOR THE MOONRAKERS. Item number two on the programme was a visit to Bath, where Merthyr had a. chance of recover- ing the two points they dropped to Barry ia the Western Leaguo competition, and in which they easily succeeded. Tho Merthyrians included three new players in tho front rank iI. Capel. Round and Taylor, all of whom gave a very creditable display. The weather was beautifully fine, and a good crowd assembled to see the struggle. Right from the start the Merthyr players showed fine combination, and in the first two minutes of the game, Capel put in a warm shot, which struck a Bath player,and re- bounded to Round, who rushed the ball into the net. The Merthyr halves were very effective, and the forwards combining well, brought heavy pressure to bear on the Bath goal, Round finishing up a long attack with a pretty shot that the Bath custodian was lucky in saving. The Merthyr forwards were in merry vein, making rings round the Bath halves, the home citadel having- many narrow escapes from disaster, but on the whole, their shooting was not effective. There was only one team in it, and that was not Bath, the sure kicking of Bedford and Wal- ton and the close attention of Churchill and Co. keeping the homesters in their own half. All the Merthyr forwards indulged in sbcoi-ing exercise, and should easily have increased the;? iead, Taylor in I particular getting in some capita centres. Round, I Fisher, and Cape) all tested the. Bath keeper, but failed to get through, and at half-tune Merthyr were leading by a goal. ( I The second half went all in of Merthyr. the home goal having many Rear 6¡¡,:Vt:ä. The Bath halves failed to hold the visitors' forwards, who were in tip-top form. Savage scored the second goal for Mcri-hyr, and the game was safe, play slackening down considerably. Had the Merthyr forwards steadied themselves near goal the score would have been a heavy one. Merthyr retired winners by two goals to nil in one of the easiest matches of the season. NOTTS FOREST AT MERTHYR. A GREAT GAME AT THE PARK. The first home match of the holiday prosrjfamme attracted a record gate on Monday at Penyciarren Park, when Notts Forest met Merthyr in a friendly match. The bright weather of iast week was suc- ceeded by a threatening morning, but the rain kept off, and over 10,000 spectators turned up to sec the struggle. The ground was in perfect condition; and a most enjoyable game was seen, in which Merthyr had a full share of the play. The home side had been re-arranged, Taylor, the new outside left, part- nering Pemberton, Fisher playing inside right in Elace of Dicky Morris. The Foresters were at full eague strength, and included four internationals. Notts won the toss, but gained little advantage, and after a short incursion into the home territory, Llewellyn transferred play to the visitors' end, where some smart play by the Merthyr forwards threatened danger, but the bail eventually went over. The Foresters retaliated^ Morris trying a long drive which Lewis saved. The local halves were showing- to great advantage; their clean tackling being a feature of the game. Savage and Fisher, by good combined play, carried the fight towards the Notts' goal, but the defence was sound. Play was chiefly confined to mid-field, where Merthyr fully held their own against the First Leaguers. The locals did most of the attacking in this half, many good chances being spoiled by off-side, Sav- age being one of the chief offenders. In an attack ar. the Merthyr citadel, Morris had a nice opening, but shot wide. Taylor and Pemberton were very clever, repeatedly beating the Notts halves, but their shooting was generally wide of the mark. Fisher and Savage both tested the Forest keeper with well-judged shots, and play was carried into the home half, but the defence easily dealt with the raid. Both sets of forwards put in some very pretty passing, but their efforts near goal were not effective. Play was fast, going from end to end in on irk time, and from a smart attack by the home team, the Notts goal had too iueky escapes. Taylor '\iroke away, and went half the length of the field, his shot for goai striking the cross-bar, and going over, tbw Being the finest individual effort of the rr-a'ch. lavage and l'emberwrl were putting in a Tot of useful work, both coming very near scoring. The Merthyr boys kept up th pressure. D. W. iXv.'ies beading in a beauty, which Smith saved at the ojfcttdsc.of a corner, which was not productive, and half-time arrived with a dean SCOWl go sheet. The second haif was full of good class, keen foot- ball, the locals still having ratheT the best of ex- changes. After Notts had made >a short raid into the Merthyr half, when Kelly.-checked their career, the whole of the horn? towards got away, Savage snooting just over tho bar. Pemberton and Taylor credited a pretty run, the former shooting wide wuen well placed. Irr • another attack on the Fores- ters stronghold, D. W. Davies netted the ball, but unfortunately the whistle had gone for off-side, and the point was disallowed. A corner to Mer- thyr wss accurately placed by Savage, D. W. Davies heading the wrong side of the post. The Foresters were again aggressive, and a corner caused some anxiety to the home defence, Kelly eventually clearing, and Pemberton went away, his final effort being wide of the mark. Merthyr con- tinued to hold their own; the Notts men being no- able to penetrate the defence. Lewis was not troubled much, and easily,deposed of the. shots that went his way. The determined attacks of the home forwards kept the Notts defenders on the go, and they were several times compelled to kick out to avoid disaster. Neither side could, score, and a most enjoyable game ended in a jjointless draw. What a pity the Merthyr players did not show some of Monday's form in the cup-tie; if they had done they would yet be in the running. The form displayed by the whole of the Merthyr team was admirable, and no doubt the visitors went away with a much better opinion of local football than thev came with. If the Foresters were Clever in midfield Merthyr were, quite equal to them, and the defence of both sides was great. The goal- keepers did not have much to do, Smith, of Notts, having rather more than Lewis. The class of foot- ball as shown in this match will do much to es- tablish the Soccer code in Merthyr. Llewellyn and Pemberton must be specially mentioned in a side where aU did exceedingly well. MERTHYR V. MIDDLESBROUGH. FIRST-CLASS FOOTBALL AT THE PARK. Tuesday's attraction in the Merthyr football world was the meeting of Middlesbrough and the Town team. The weather was beautifully 1fne. and an- other big gate (about 9,000 strong) enjoyed a thor- oughly scientific display of Soccer football. The Northern team were at full strength, with the ex- ception of Hall, who was replaced by Elliott, and Weightman (late of Merthyr Town Club) at full- back. The Merthyr team were minus Walton, W. Davies playing instead, otherwise the .team was the same that played a drawn game with Notts Forest on Monday. Additional interest was centred in the game, as Middlesbrough beat Aston Villa, the leaders of the First League, on Monday, by three 2-oals to two. The visitors' team included six inter- nationals, among whom were Bloomer and Com- mon. Merthyr won the toss, and put the Northerners to face a strong sun, but by long passing they at- tacked the 1mme goal, the ball going out. Fine play by the visiting forwards looked bad for Mer- tbyr, but Common missed a grand centre from Pent-land, and the homesters broke away, Pember- ton and Taylor taking play to the opposite end. where three comers were given by the Northern defenders. Nothing, however, came of them, D. W. Davies finishing the attack with a fine shot, which passed just over the bar. Middlesbrough retali- ated, some pretty play being seer, near the home goal, but the defence was sound. D. W. Davies was getting well home, when he missed his kick. a corner falling to Merthyr. This was splendidly placed by Taylor, the ball sroing into the net off Williamson, registering Merthyr's first point. The home for- wards got away in a tine. Savage getting in a good shot. which Williamson cleared, D. W. Davies, a minute later, putting in a rather weak shot. So far, Merthyr had had most of. the play. Llewellyn tried his luck, but failed to get through. A well judged centre by Savage wag headed wide by Pem- berton, and Middlesbrough returned to the attack- A foul against Lewis for carrying the ball was pbt high over the bar. Merthyr attacked in brilliant form, the Middlesbrough defence being, hard press- ed for some time. Clever play by Llewellyn and Pemberton eo-ave D. W. Davies a fine opening, which he missed by Inches with a daisy cutter. The Northerners had aspen of attacking, but failed to make an impression on the home defence, off-side bringing relief to the homesters, who again took up the running. The display given by Merthyr de- lighted the big crowd,. Taylor shooting over the bar when in a good pogitioh. A rush by the Nor- therners forced W. Davies to give a corner, which was headed out. Llewellyn being injured, but r sumod after a few minutes. A second corner to Middlesbrough was cleared, and Merthyr. again lie- came aggressive. Play was confined to mid-field for some time, ueither side being able to make head- way against the perfect defences. A free kick tieav the corner flag- looked bad for Merthyr. but after a.n exciting tnssle the homestes cleared their lines, and at half-time were leading by a goal. •ir On restarting, the homester get, clear into the Middlesbrough goal, clever play by Pemberton, Fisher and Taylor looked promising for the home- sters, but a. good opening was missed. D. W. Davies and Fisher were going through when Young was penalised for pushing, the resultant free kick coming to nothing. The visitors attacked, bnt were too well watched to get in an accurate shot. Mer- thyr continued to press, Pemberton missinor by inches, Taylor next being prominent with a lovely shot, which caused Williamson some trouble. Mer- thyr bombarded the Northern citadel, which had some remarkable escapes. Kelly and company were watching the Northern stars, giving them few ¡ chances to shine. The Middlesbrough men were mak- ing desperate efforts to equalise, and after some ex- citing play in the home-half Pentland got the equal- iser with a ripping shot. W. Davies saved at the expense of a corner, when a score against tho home side looked certain. Middlesbrough livened un, Lewis saving a. fast shot at close quarters. A penal- ty kick against W. Davies for pushing was placed wide by Verrill, and the Merthyr supporters again breathed freely. The Northerners continued to press for some time, when Merthyr broke away, McLeod giving a corner to clear, the goalkeeper beinc out. Fisher get in a hot shot, but the goalie was equal to it. The home goal had a. narrow escape from fine combined play by the Middlesbrough forwards, Pemberton heMing-out after Lewis had saved-, Llewellyn putting the finishing touch to a fine clearance. A fine centre by Pentland was neatly netted by Bloomer, giving. Middlesbrough the lead. Even play followed, and time arrived with Middles- • breugh leading by two goals to one. •*■ The Merthyr players arc to be congratulated on again putting up, a good show against a FirstLeagtIQ club. The persistent, attacks on the Northerners goal;deadneda better fate tine fell to their lot. Jbfddnct. too. soundaad tpfiaMe, aad the hafces werked with Judgment and dash. Lewis had hard fines with the first goal against him, bnt througberut the game he crave a satisfactory display. D&viee and Bedford, at back, were sai«> the former putting plenty of weight into his work. Kefly seemed to enjoy the good coinjsahy he was ia and was rarely beaten. Llewellyn was in Jjfc very best form, and surprised many people by in which he robbed the cracks from Tx-stfc*. Cterrch- ill was a hard and effective wo.-ifar UirMKrhont, rendering good service for, .his side., T'oe forwards .< lot. The wing men, Savage and Taylor. put in many fine centres, and Fisher and D. W. Davies were clever and persistent in their attempts to lower the Middlesbrough colours. MERTHYR V. PAULTON ROVERS. GOOD GOAL CROP AT THE PARK. This Western League match closed the holiday programme at Merthyr en Wednesday The weather was fine, and a good gate witnessed a one-sided game. Merthyr won the toss, and had a bright sun in their favour. After a minute's play, Fisher net- ted, but was off-side. Merthyr pressed for some time, the Rovers rarely crossing the half-way line. A foul for pushing near the corner flag was well placed,Capel beading wide of the goal., Taylor received a pass from Kelly on the half-way line, and running clear through the Rovers' defence, scored a pretty goal alter ten minutes' play. Mer- thyr continued to monopolise the play, but were op- posed by a resolute defence. Tht:" Rovers broke away, but Lewis easily accounted for the attempt to lower his colours, and play was carried to the other end, a corner falling to Merthyr. which Churchill put just over the bar. Play was slow Merthyr doing most of the pressing, the visitors' goal having a narrow escape from a corner. The Rovers had a spell of attacking. Lewis saving. A long attack produced some lively play in the. visi- tors' half, which caused some trouble to the Rovers' defence, Fisher missing an easy chance. A free kick against Williams for carrying close in the goal mouth, caused some amusement, the ball even- tually being netted without a second player touch- ing it, the point not counting. At half-time Mer- thyr led by one goal to nil. When the game was restarted, Paulton worked down by easy stages, but the homesters replied, dilatory work in front of goal losing a nice chance. Keeping up the pressure, the Rovers' goal came near falling on two occasions, but tho homesters' play lacked sting. The game livened up, and dur- ing an attack on the Rovers' goal one of the backs handled the ball, while the goalkeeper was out, a penalty kick resulting, which Fisher easily netted. The game was all in favour of Merthyr. but the Rovers' backs defended stoutly. Churchill tried a long drive, which went over. From a corner weil placed by Savage Churchill put on goal number three. The Rovers hardly crossed the half-way line the Merthyr halves and backs checking any attempts The homesters indulged in a lot of shooting. Sav- age scoring from a corner nicely placed by Taylor. Play became amusing, the Merthyr player!! giving an exhibition of the passing game, which quite t-r- r;Iuered the Rovers. A sharp attack on t!1 Ri- vers' citadel produced a penalty kick. which Fisher turned to good account, making Merthyr five wv. Savage put in a pretty centre, which Round beaded into the net. The homesters held the upper band until the end, the Rovers being outclassed through- out. Result. Merthyr, six goals; Paulioa Rovers, nil. Aberdare and District Notes. rBy "Wanderer.'H Weymouth visited Aberdare on Good Friday to fulfil a Western League fixture with the homesters. They bought with them a strong side, but ihs 'Darians were oblige-d to field several reserves. The game was a disappointing one from the or_tsft The climatic conditions were all that could be de- sired, and under the circumstances a. good had been looked forward to. '1'ho visiters pressed early, and Aberdare were obliged to concede a cor- ner. Chapman brought about a clearance, and ? D. Jones, getting possession, changed the vense after a pretty dribble. Nothing satisfactory suited, and directly afterwards Roderick, the -hoa: custodian, was caiied upon to save. A free to th? homesters saw Tippatt in possession. He p-avc his forwards some good opportunities of netting,, which were cot turned to good account. In the course of the attack, he himself put in a shot which skimmed the cross-bar. Bradbury dribbled nicely, but lost the ball. The visiting backs changed venue, and the left, wing, following upon a miskiek by Godwin, raced through. Ho had an open goal before him, and doubtless would have scored bad not Parker come to the 'Darians rescue. When the interval was called neither side bad scorcd. In the second half, Aberdare pressed, and fomc- several corners, all of which were cleared. They, however, kept up the pressure, and Wey.vaouti) were penalised in dangerous proximity to their goal, but a clearance was effected. Parker returned the ball quickly, but shot wide. T D. Jones and Chapman contributed to a movement which even- tually resulted in ^n-ke-s putting through a beaj- tiful shot. Within the next five minutes Bradbury obtained a. second for the 'Darians. After this, Weymouth bar) a turn at attacking, but between the goalie and backs they were kept out. Therx; was no further score. A match between Aberdare and Kingswood Rovesa came off at the Athletic Grounds, on Saturday af- ternoon. The visitors were late arriving, Kirf played throughout the game with only ten Aberdare were clearly the better team noir. ;i: outset, and before the final whistle blew i-hey Lxaai put up nine goate. The 'Darians pressed early, fed from a free M _Pa»*kes came near scoring. Tip- pett also U-Mod defence, the ball striking the cross-bar. Ths ftuas player again got possession, and a neat pass to T. D. Jones saw the latter find- ing the net. Bvitdbary put in a second goal direct- ly afterwards. visiting forwards next got away, but they were yr.ablf) to find the homo net. Parkes initiated a movement which resulted in T. D. Jones putting through again, and from a free kick Chap- man, one of the backs, brought the score UP to four, the interval being called soon afterwards. The homesters were early aggressive in the second half, and as the result of a corner Parkes scored. A shot from Farringten struck one of the posts, and the ball rebounded into play. Before the visitors were able to clear, Farringtpn had the ball in the net. Rendall contributed the next, and ere the final whistle blew, Joe Lewis put in the ninth goal. The Aberdare Thursday entertained Mid-Rhondda in an Aberdare League fixture at the Athletic Grounds last Friday morning. There was no score in the first half. In the second moiety Rees James and Ivor Davies netted for the homesters, and Clarke scored for the visitors from a penalty. A game between Hwydcoed and too Mountain Ash Territorials at Llwydcoed, on Thursday, re- sulted in a win for the homesters by three goals to one. A League fixture played at Mount.Ai. Ash, on Monday, Treorky being the visitors, and there was an immense crowd. A severe tussle ensued between the old rrvaJs^ the result being a. win for Treorky by a goal and a try to two tries. The scorers for Tre- orky were T. O. Jones and Roberts, and for Moun- tain Ash Hopkins and tilery. Troedrhiwfuwch were the visitors at Michael's Field, on Saturday last, their opponents, under the auspices of the Glamorgan League, being the Aber- aman Wanderers. In the opening minutes tight play was seen, and the visitors pressed in turn. After a quarter of an hour's play, Charlie Silver- thorn diddled his men, and put in a shot which baffled the visiting custodian, though the latter threw himself full length on the ground. Shortly after this, Dd. Davies, the home centre-forward, wrenched his knee and had to retire altogether from the game. With but ten men in their ranks, the Wanderers were not able to make much headway in the second half. Troedrhiwfuwch. made several fine bursts, bat could not penetrate the home de- fence. The visitors' custodian was also tested on many occasions, but proved safe. The Wanderers won by a goal to nil. The injury to D. Davies turned out to be more serious than was anticipated, and he will probably be an absentee from the team for the remainder 'of the season. ■if Aberaman Windsors journeyed to Llanbradach to fulfil a Glamorgan League fixture on Saturday. In the first balf the homesters showed superior foot- ball, and scored four goals to their opponents' nil. It the second moiety it seemed as if the Windsors would try to draw level, Butler scoring a goal for them early on. Llanbradach scored an- other goal, however, and thus maintained their lead of four goals obtained in the first halt. » On Good Friday, a match was played at Aber. cwmboi between the local team and the Cwmbach. Ramblers. Mr. Arthur Harris refereed. Aber. cwmboi took the lead in the first half by scoring two goals to their opponents' nil. In the second half the tables were turned, the Ramblers rambling home with four goals to their credit. Another point was also obtained by the homesters, and the final was, Cwmbach. four goals; Abercwmboi, three goals. The scorers were, for the winners, Tom Meredith (2), D. Evan Davies: (2): for Abercwm- boi, Cadmore, Bosher and the centre forward. Glamorganshire Association League Notes [By "the New Boy."] The remarkable spell of fine weather experienced during the holidays has considerably enhanced the prospects of severaf clubs who were financially deep down in the mire, chiefly owing to the continuity of wet and cold Saturdays, which have followed each other with unfailing regularity throughout the past four months. Moreover, the heavy programme of holiday engagements which had been arranged with a view of improving their banking accounts, have in nearly every case been got through. Treharris provided their supporters on Good Fri- day with a substantial victory over Paulton Rovers by five goals to two. Hugh Williams and Wallace Jones scored for Treharris prior to the interval, while after resuming, Tagg Williams and Abley add- ed goals, Gould scoring on two occasions for the visitors. Treharris Reserves and Aberdare Reserves met on Friday afternoon in the Second Division tourney. The opening half favoured the and Tosweil on several occasions was nearly through. After- wards the home Reserves settled down to a cool, steady attack, and Treharne defeated Tyler, who was assisting the visitors, Morgan adding a second point soon afterwards. For Aberdare, Tyler, in coal, played splendidly. Lewis, the home custodian, also comparing very favourably with him. On Saturday, nearly every club in the district was engaged in the hunt for points. Two performances. however, stand out clearly in the lime-light, viz., Cwmpark's victory over Cwm by ten goals to one, and the defeat of Weymouth at Treharris by the self-same score. In the latter game, the opening half did not foreshadow what was to follow, as the interval found Treharris only three IIp. However, after resuming, only one team appeared in the pic- ture. Phillips opened the procession later, adding another two goals to his credit, while Abley, Haw- kins, Wallace Jones, and Hugh Williams also as- sisted in pulverising the visitors. In the Second Division, Pontlottyn visited Britli- dir with a rather weak side. Dunng the first half Brithdir territorially were far the superior side, but their sins of omission near goal enabled the visitors to keep them out. On the other hand, Ponty, although attacking at but rare intervals, scored on two occasions, through Dando and Hux. table. After resuming, matters proved very even, Huxtable adding two further sroals, and Canton doing ditto tor Brithdir. Canton missed several splendid opportunities of eooriag. Harry Jones did well in goal. Welsh and Bryant at back proved a soorce of weakness. Forward, Dudley and Wil- liams were best. For Ponty Wlnsoone gave promise of better things in the near future. Shields de- fended well at back, Cliff Hawkea also worked to some purpose at half. Treharris Reserves visited New Tredegar in their replayed League encounter, the previous contest* having ended m a daw. On this occasion New Tre- degar, however, PMved the better opportunists, aadj won a splendid contest bv three goals to oae. 1 In the Third Division Llanbradach Hovers strengthened their grip on the second place bv hand- somely defeating Abeiuman Windsors by five goals j to one. For the winners. T- A. Evans (tock). Beran and Msoxa (forward} did. well. • Pengam met their neighbours. GilfacK JSeagrves J at home. Pec^ara attacked first, but their effeffts"! lacked finish. Afus? wane evsn play, scored their Cist point. ear the interval 4. ijbysi'j added theis ssuutd poid After resuming, cvsr play; ensued fe* BNjM: time, a etziliurity of free kicks be- in? Rw&rdod, Near J. Royal ginned in thoi sacrad area. 2nd T. Foster scored the visitors only poa'I.—TwMidrsiwf"j'-i'Ch visited Aberaman to meet! 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